Canucks management has been uber busy lately taking care of business. Late last night they announced a trade: Kellan Tochkin and a 4th round pick in 2014 sent to Carolina in exchange for Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh.
Today they extended Jannik Hansen's contract for four more years to the tune of $10 million. That's an average of $2.5 million per season. Given Hansen's work ethic and (still) potential, I really like that deal. That's Higgins money.
The Canucks sent Bo Horvat to the London Knights today, after an up and down preseason. It was hoped that the 18 year-old would impress and stick with the team as the season started, and I think there may have been a bit of pressure there as Cory Schneider was traded to the Devils so that the Canucks could select Bo high in the first round. But that is a fairly unrealistic expectation. The stellar play of Mike Santorelli and Brad Richardson gave the Canucks the punch they needed up the middle. Bo can develop playing full time in the OHL.
I wonder if Zac Delpe, a center, will be the standby guy. He has a bit of NHL experience.
At this point I have no idea.
Welsh is listed as a center as well.
From the Vancouver Sun:
"Zac Dalpe is a player we have been tracking for a couple of years," Mike Gillis said. "They have a lot of strength at centre ice in Carolina. Their first pick this year was another centre iceman so he hasn’t had much of an opportunity because of the depth they had."
"Welsh is a young guy we tried to sign out of college," Gillis said. "Again, he is a big centre iceman who plays hard. We see upside with him. This was a move to add to our organization in terms of depth, to create more size, and create opportunity."